The SLFP has decided never ever to change its original hand symbol hereafter when the party contests any future election, Party’s General Secretary and Batik, Handloom and Local Apparel Products State Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara said.
Minister Jayasekara added that if and when the party forms a coalition with any other political party in future, the SLFP must lead the coalition and the hand symbol must remain as the symbol of the coalition also.
The SLFPs Central Committee and the politburo that met with former President Maithripala Sirisena at the chair has endorsed these proposals.
“The SLFP as the leading partner of political alliances has contested general and Presidential polls and won in 1956, 1960, 1970, 1994, 2005 and 2010. At these elections, we have contested under the symbols of cartwheel, chair and betel leaf but the hand symbol will be the symbol of any coalition in future elections,” Minister Jayasekara stressed.
With the hope PC polls being held this year, the SLFP called for applications from prospective candidates to apply to contest the election from the SLFP and the response was overwhelming.
“The party office has received more than 3,000 applications by last week. This shows the enthusiasm generated for the SLFP in the country. This is a result of the reorganisation drive we launched after the last general election at the grassroots level. We have almost completed the appointment of executive committees at Provincial, District, Constituent and Pradeshiya Sabha level and also appointed party organisers to all these levels,” he stressed.
Our main objective is to attract all SLFP supporters and families who have either refrained from voting or voted for other parties in past elections. That is why I wrote to former President Mrs. Chandrika Kumaratunga requesting her to participate in reorganisations of our beloved party forgetting the differences if we have any, Minister Jayasekara noted.
“I explained in my letter to her that the party has always acted in accordance to the party’s Constitution and party discipline and taken decisions to protect the interests of the party though they were difficult decisions. However, the time is right to forget and forgive for all mistakes and misunderstandings within ourselves and get together to rebuild the SLFP to its former glory with the ultimate objective of forming an SLFP government in the near future. The SLFP is delighted to welcome Mrs. Kumaratunga back to the party and use her advice, guidance and blessings to restore the SLFP as one of the robust, strong and blockbuster political party in the country,” Minister Jayasekara noted. (Sandun A Jayasekera)
Aththa Monday, 26 April 2021 08:46 AM
Ha, ha! Where is the hand now? In whose pockets!!!
Buddhist Monday, 26 April 2021 08:49 AM
Let's see if SLFP keeps this word,.
Jude Monday, 26 April 2021 08:56 AM
So you also know that SLPP will be Trounced in next elections PC'S or otherwise!!
FF Monday, 26 April 2021 09:08 AM
IS THIS DECISION TOO LATE???
RoaringCreek Monday, 26 April 2021 09:13 AM
The Batik man. Well which Hand will it be Left or Right. May I suggest you try a Foot.
Anura Nanayakkara Monday, 26 April 2021 09:13 AM
O.k go ahead and try your luck to win elections!!
RoaringCreek Monday, 26 April 2021 09:15 AM
This statement stirs my suspicion on the current COVID-19 wave. Nandasena does not want the May Day rallies to go ahead due to this split. Ha Ha Ha!
RoaringCreek Monday, 26 April 2021 09:16 AM
Now we enter a phase of political instability. Nice!
Ramesh Monday, 26 April 2021 09:28 AM
It's good in a short time you learned where you stand. Coming days we can see how many rats are going to jump off the sinking ship.
das Monday, 26 April 2021 10:06 AM
So the collapse of the mighty SLPP has begun.
Udhaya Monday, 26 April 2021 10:08 AM
This is probably the hidden hand the politicians keep talking about.
Nidahas Monday, 26 April 2021 10:25 AM
Dayasiri himself remaining in the SLFP for long is itself uncertain ? Will MAITHRI be the PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE from the SLFP ?
R. Anthony Monday, 26 April 2021 11:32 AM
Trying to make Hey, while the sun shines, but who can Trust your bunch of PollVaulters,for which you guys are Reputed for.
vince Monday, 26 April 2021 11:44 AM
even if they have the brain symbol they are history. Thank Mahinda and his gang for it
Mithula Monday, 26 April 2021 12:48 PM
First replace Sirisena the minimaruwa with Chandrika then you may stand a chance!
Samson Monday, 26 April 2021 01:23 PM
Hand and Elephant are now history.
Lion Monday, 26 April 2021 03:48 PM
Your hand too will be not be safe from Rajapakshas hide it in your trouser pocket.
Johan Monday, 26 April 2021 05:16 PM
Why do you want to leave your Logo Desapremiyos who are mortgaging the national assets
K. Ranaweera Monday, 26 April 2021 05:33 PM
Rats will jump off from the sinking ship.
roni Monday, 26 April 2021 05:51 PM
Great in most areas you might loose the deposit too.
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